Author Archives: The Detroit Ironworker

Diabetes Friendly Meal Planning for 1 or 2

Ever notice that most recipes make four or more servings? This makes planning diabetes-friendly meals for just one or two people a challenge. Sure, you can eat leftovers, but eating the same meal several days in a row can get boring. And simply cutting recipes in half doesn’t always work. Well, Diabetes Food Hub has just what you need! We have tons of recipes designed for one or two people. Below is a round up of three full meals that will have you wasting less and enjoying more.

Source: Diabetes-Friendly Meal Planning for 1 or 2

Liver transplants ‘may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment’

A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh.

The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses.

The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential.

The work is at a very early stage, but the team say alternatives to transplant would have a huge impact on patients.

Around 200 people in the UK have sudden life-threatening liver failure each year.

Source: Liver transplants ‘may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment’ – BBC News

April is National Donate Life Month – Donate Life America

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Source: April is National Donate Life Month – Donate Life America

UK HealthCare ER finding hepatitis C before it costs patients

University of Kentucky doctors are finding results with a new strategy aimed at decreasing the state’s high hepatitis C rate.

Kentucky ranks high among hepatitis C rates nationwide, which is why doctors are looking at battling the disease before it affects patients.

“The prevalence is huge,” UK Emergency Department Dr. Daniel Moore said. “We have a cure, but trying to get the cure to the people that have the disease is a huge challenge.”

Dr. Moore and his team are trying to raise awareness about the challenge by testing everyone who comes into the emergency room for hepatitis C. The hospital started the trial in July, and the results are enough to convince Dr. Moore to keep testing.

“Overall, 11 percent of all the patients that come through our emergency department are positive for having been infected with hepatitis C,” he said.

The percentage was worse for patients in their 20s and 30s. 20 percent of non-baby boomers tested positive for having antibodies ready to fight hepatitis C. Moore said the prevalence of hepatitis C in young patients has spiked about 500 percent in the last five years.

Source: UK HealthCare ER finding hepatitis C before it costs patients

Living Donor Liver Transplant Provides New Lease on Life – American Liver Foundation

If you have PBC, the idea that someday you might need a liver transplant isn’t easy to think about.  I know I didn’t want to consider it, when I was diagnosed in 1992.

But I wish I’d been more prepared for the challenges that arose in 2005, when I learned that I needed a new liver.  I hope that sharing my story, today, will help you if and when a transplant becomes necessary.

Source: Living Donor Liver Transplant Provides New Lease on Life – American Liver Foundation

Will new U.S. policy make it too hard for Kentuckians to get liver transplants?

Some Kentucky surgeons worry that a new way of allocating livers to U.S transplant patients could be detrimental, or even deadly, to people in the bluegrass state.

“The fear in Kentucky and many southern states, and many states that have transplant centers that represent rural patients, is … we’re going to become organ farms for large cities,” said Dr. Malay Shah, surgical director of liver transplant for UK HealthCare in Lexington.

The board that handles the issue on a national level passed a new policy earlier this month that will give patients who live in distant locales, such as Chicago, access to livers donated in Kentucky. The policy affects the handling of livers from most deceased adult donors across the country.

Source: Will new U.S. policy make it too hard for Kentuckians to get liver transplants? – Insider Louisville